Tracks

01. Louisiana Darkness
02. "LOA" House
03. Life After Death
04. Voodoo
05. A Secret
06. Salem
07. One Down Two To Go
08. Sending Of Dead
09. Sarah's Night
10. The Exorcist
11. Unclean Spirits
12. Cross Of Baron Samedi
13. If They Only Knew
14. Aftermath



01. Louisiana Darkness

Music & lyrics by King Diamond
Sarah Lafayette is sleeping, her husband is awake
This summers's night is too hot
Feels like his majesty was here

Can you hear the voodoo drums
They're howling at the moon

Voodoo..voodoo..voodoo


02. "LOA" House

Music & lyrics by King Diamond, Andy LaRocque
1932, North of Baton Rouge
Louisiana nights are darker than before
Along the Mississippi, that is where it is
The old colonial house, a mansion of you will

Whaite as snow, the mansion still seems to have its slow

And when the moon is full and white
You can hear the drums of voodoo echo in the night

In the "LOA" house, misery will strike again

Jean le Noir, the first to own this house
He was a voodoo priest, a Houngan so they say
The voodoo cemetery, that is where he is
Died at the hand of an evil Bocor's will

They say... he's been walking the house ever since that day

And when the moon is fool and white
You can hear the drums of voodoo echo in the night

In the "LOA" house, misery will strike again

They never should have come, no no no
They never should have come to the "LOA" house
They never should have come, no no no
They never should have come to the "LOA"

7 days ago... the Lafayettes moved in
Sarah is with child and Davis is the man
This is no Abigail, this child will survive
And Grandfather dear, why did they bring him here?

White as snow, that is all he sees, oh he's been blind for years

They never should have come, no no no
They never should have come to the "LOA" house
They never should have come, no no no
They never should have come to the "LOA"

And when the moon is fool and white
You can hear the drums of voodoo echo in the night

In the "LOA" house, misery will strike again
In the "LOA" house, misery will strike again

And again...and again...and again...and again...


03. Life After Death

Music & lyrics by King Diamond
Friday night

Four shadows heading for the dark
Four shadows heading for the past
Four shadows heading for the graves in the wooded maze
Four shadows looking for the place without a trace

Midnight and they're here, midnight

The old burial ground..is part of the estate
Hidden by the heavy trees..where Jean le Noir he sleeps

The shadows move
There're here to feed the dead..the shadows move

Cause there is life after death
Be patient and you will see
Cause there is life after death
Be patient and you will see
Oh it must never end..never end..no

Midnight and there're here, midnight

Doctor le Croix, he's a voodoo sorcerer
Madame Sarita, she's got the snake in her
And Lula Chevalier, she's girl that no one ever sees
Salem the servant, he belongs to the estate

The sadows move
Ther're here to feed the dead...the shadows move

The Lafayettes are unaware..their butler Salem, he is here
Voodoo has been his life..Voodoo cuts deep like a knife

The sadows move
Ther're here to feed the dead...the shadows move

Cause there is life after death
Be patient and you will see
Cause there is life after death
Be patient and you will see
Oh it must never end..never end

Midnight and there're here, midnight

Midnight.....Life after death.....


04. Voodoo

Music & lyrics by King Diamond
Saturday evening

A narrow path runs along the river
From the burial ground you might see it
Leading to a temple of secrets
Where they meet once a week...to dance and feast

Lula is dancing to the voodoo drums
Twisting, turning, round and round

She is ready to receive the LOA
She is ready for the God
This one is Damballah

Voodoo, voodoo, voodoo
Voodoo, voodoo, voodoo
Total emptiness inside
As Damballah gets ready for her ride

Casting out from Lula's head
One of two souls that seems to be dead
Traveling deep in a trance
Lula's legs are getting weak
"The LOA has seized its horse" ...sssssss

Lula is not the one that's speaking now
Lula is not the one that's lying now

Drink, drink girl, drink the chicken's blood
Drink, drink girl, drink and feed the God

If this is all you think they do, oh you better think again
Cause there is so much more to voodoo, oh than meets the eye

Voodoo, voodoo, voodoo
Voodoo, voodoo, voodoo

Human hair on waxen dools, pins through their knees
Pins through their little heads, and through their bellics
Ahh they're coming to get you, they're coming for you
Ahh they're coming to get you, they're coming for you now

Voodoo, voodoo, voodoo
Voodoo, voodoo, voodoo... Voodoo.....


05. A Secret

Music & lyrics by King Diamond, Andy LaRocque
Sunday noon

In the "LOA" mansion the Lafayettes are meeting
There's a crisis they must resolve
Twice since they moved into this house
The Voodoo drums have spoken at night

The mansion is dark and gloomy place
A haunted landscape, a house without grace
The Voodoo burial ground is the key
Get rid of that and they're free

It must remain a secret, or the plan will never work
It must remain a secret

In comes Salem, he's 6 feet tall and dark
He is the new found butler of the "LOA" house
They ask him for advice regarding their plan
To destroy the cemetery on their land

It must remain a secret, or the plan will never work
It must remain a secret
We must do what must be done

If you steal the grave from one who sleeps
He will come for you to set him free

You must not break the chain

Salem: "Jean le Noir's spirit walks this house at night
Never will he leave, cause this is where he died
Great Wanga will hit you if you do
Destroy the cemetery of Voodoo"

If you steal the grave from one who sleeps
He will come for you to set him free

Superstitious we are not


06. Salem

Music & lyrics by King Diamond
Saturday midnight

At midnight that same night, the Lafaettes were slipping
At midnight that same night, there is a shadow creepeng

Salem is moving without a sound
Salem is moving...moving, moving to the burial ground

So hot and so quiet, only the leaves are shaking
By one of the graves, Doctor le Croix is waiting

Salem is moving without a sound
Salem is moving...moving, moving to the burial ground

Doctor le Croix, shaking the hand of Salem
"My my my my my God, Salem tell me the secret
My my my my my God, this makes me feel uneasy"

In shock... Le Croix is terrified, this could be the end
Fear turns to hate. "Great Wanga will befall the Lafayettes

Salem help me, save us...Salem help me, save us
By turning them to dust

So take this money and off you go
To Madame Sarita's Boutique of Voodoo
A snake curse and a little "Goofer Dust"
You Salem will be the link between them and us
This could be an easy way to turn the Lafayettes to dead"

Two hours later. Salem leaves Madame Sarita
"My my my my my God, Salem is looking scary
My my my my my God, now he's heading for the cemetery

Kneeling in front of the graves
A handful of soll and Salem is on his way
He must leave a copper penny as payment for the soil
And to protect himself
From all the spirits that could come and dig themselves
Into his head... Dead...Dead...Dead...Salem is here

By the house, in the dark, there is a shadow digging
The snake in the bottle, is buried and it's ready

Salem is moving without a sound
Everyone's sleeping, but me cause I don't need it.. No


07. One Down Two To Go

Music & lyrics by King Diamond, Chris Estes
Monday morning

The sun has risen, just above the trees
The birds are singing, it's just like a dream
What a perfect morning it...could have been
Salem's in the kitchen, and that's sin
Eggs for three and a little tea
Mixed with the graveyard dirt...from yesterday

Anybody cating Salem's "A la carte" today
Should be taken ill and...waste away

[Salem thinking to himself:]
"You used to be so beautiful, but now you're gonna die
You used to be so beautiful, but now you're gonna die
Die, both of you...are gonna die
Die, die, both of you...are gonna die, die...die"

Salem's walking up the stairs to the second floor
Silver tray in hand...knocking at the door

[Salem thinking to himself:]
"You used to be so beautiful, but now you're gonna die
You used to be so beautiful, but now you're gonna die
Die, both of you...are gonna die
Die, die, both of you...are gonna die, die...die"

In a fever, sick as Hell
David's got a snake bite...and all is well
Salem thinks to himself:

One down, two to go. "Oh Madame he's got the flu"
One down, two to go. "Oh Madame he's got the flu"

The problem is that Sarah's morning sick again
That pregnant woman, always something wrong

You used to be so beautiful, but now you're gonna die
You used to be so beautiful, but now you're gonna die
Die...Sarah die, Sarah die
Die, die...Sarah die, Sarah die


08. Sending Of Dead

Music & lyrics by King Diamond
Monday evening

Evening, the sun is setting, silence is all you hear

David, getting really sick he is sweating like a pig
The fever's got him now
And Sarah's father dear, the morning snack has put him on his back
He should have stayed in bed..oh why didn't he?

...The sun is setting, silence is all you hear
[Sarah:] "Salem, what's going on?"

[Salem:] "Let me tell you a story Madame, a secret about your land
The reason... for all madness
Let me tell you a story Madame, the burial ground on your land
Ia a secret voodoo stand

If you ever destroy this sacred place
Legend says that you will die, and never find your rest
I'm telling the truth...Oh yes I am
If the living can't feed the dead, then the dead will come for you
Yeah

[Sarah:] "You better hold your tongue now Salem
Cause I don't believe in ghosts"
There is only one thing left to do now
And that is "Sending of Dead"

The four shadows are meeting again
At the cemetery gates, darkness is a friend
Midnight will soon be here
Everything should be ready by now...for "Sending of Dead"

Place the image of Saint Expedit
Upside down and around
I hear Doctor le Croix speaking
"Let the ritual begin"

"Almight God, father of mine, come for Sarah Lafayette
That she may be "Disappeared", forever lost
Saint Expedit, you are a saint and I'm a sinner
I send you to find...Sarah Lafayette
Oh, ride me of her head and rid me of her soul
Rid me of all her thoughts, rid me of her memory
For this curse to work, Baron Samedi, Samedi, Samedi
Send your blessing, so Sarah may be gone"

As if he was sent from the sky, Baron Samedi creeps inside
The Doctor's body..speaking to Salem
[Samedi:] "You must bring me a sacrifice
You must come back before midnight
Kneel before my cross"...Salem is here

He takes a handful of soil from each grave
Of the dead he wants to send..into Sarah
Now quick quick run back to the HOUSE
The soil must lie where sarah sleeps


09. Sarah's Night

Music & lyrics by King Diamond
Monday night - Tuesday morning, master bedroom

Salem's standing in the dark
Watching Sarah's sleeping body
Someone is in her bed
Twisting, turning in his fever
Savid will not even see her
I an invisible..I am the one to bring you down

I open up my hand, the "Goofer Dust" is falling
It's now on Sarah's hand
You can almost see the dead, as they enter Sarah's head
Then deep into her stomach, I wonder how the baby feels

Violently she's sitting up
Screams of pain I know she's hurting
I only see white in her eyes

Sarah speaks in unknown tongue
Then she spits a litlle blood
Time has come, I must be gone
In comes Grandpa, what is he doing
I thought I had him not moving
But the dead in Sarah's head, will take her to an early grave
Salem is gone

[Grandpa:] "Go back to sleep me dear
It's just another nightmare
Those God damn voodoo drums
I will stay in here tonight, and keep an open eye
So you can sleep again...
Sarah sleep...Sarah sleep...Sarah sleep...


10. The Exorcist

Music & lyrics by King Diamond, Andy LaRocque
Tuesday morning

At the light of dawn, on a day without
Sunshine...Salem had vanished
Gone, would Sarah, would she survive
Grandpa was panicking

Father Malone. The Exorcist...Father Malone. The Exorcist

Sarah's voice had changed from female to
Male...and that was wrong, it was as if Sarah
Had gone. Grandpa remembered his friend
Father Malone was the name

[Grandpa:] "Put me through to New Orleans
The Abbey of the Holy Saints
Father Malone please... It's urgent
You got to, you got to, you got to put me through"

It only took a minute or two, before the Father he understood
Father Malone: "Listen here my friend, do not despair
I will be there...this afternoon

But beware...of the Daytime Moon"

Father Malone. The Exorcist...Father Malone, he is here

[Father Malone:] "Holy Cross and Bible
Holy Water for the soul
And so the house I bless, but David, he's got to
Go, call for an ambulance before the others know"
Then he went back to Sarah's room


11. Unclean Spirits

Music & lyrics by King Diamond, Chris Estes
Tuesday early evening

[Father Malone:] "Holy Lord, Almighty Father
Everylasting God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ
Who sent your only begotten son into the world
To crush that lion
Strike terror Lord, into the Beast
Let your mighty hand cast him out of your servant
Sarah Lafayette
So he may no longer hold captive this prisoner

I cast you, you unclean spirit
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
It is he who commands you
It is God himself who commands you
By this sign of Holy Cross
Give way to Christ
The power of Christ compells you
The power of Christ compells you
The power.....the power.....


12. Cross Of Baron Samedi

Music & lyrics by King Diamond
Tuesday evening

One single hour, is like a working day
Father Malone is getting tired
Darkness...has come again
The Demons seem to be resting
Sarah is looking just like Hell
There ain't much left of her to save now

Meanwhile in Salem's quarters
There's shadow that moves
Into a room full of secrets of life
Into a room only few have survived
There is a cross upon the wall
The cross of Baron Samedi
The shadow is taking the cross away
The shadow is Lula, the girl that no one ever sees

I see her shadow with that cross mine
I see her shadow slipping into the night
The cross of Baron Samedi will set us free
The cross of Baron Samedi, just wait and see

The cross of Baron Samedi is full of nails
The cross of Baron Samedi could split your head
Take it to Sarah... Take it to Sarah... Sarah

Darkness..she's up again
Sarah is standing in front of Father Malone
Sleeping..the Father's on a chair
Sarah is saying: "Father, I'm about to sin"

Then one to the Father's head
The cross is coming down so hard
Screaming, bleeding, Malone goes down
Again and...again and...his blood is all around

[In comes Grandpa:] "Stop it Sarah stop"
I don't know why, but Sarah dropped the cross
Two hours later everyone was here
Police and ambulance, wiping up the tears

Samedi...Samedi...Samedi


13. If They Only Knew

Music & lyrics by King Diamond
Thuesday night - Monday morning

I heard a policeman say to Grandpa:
"There once was a Salem, the caretaker of the "LOA" house
But he died years ago.
As a matter of fact, he's buried right here on your land."

If they only knew.


14. Aftermath

Music & lyrics by King Diamond
The "LOA" house and the old voodoo burial ground
Are still standing in all their glory.
The Lafayetes left the hospital and Louisiana
And went to...I don't care.

Malone survived. He's a scared old man now.
By the way, my name is Salem.

You cannot say, that everybody's happy.
But you can say, that everybody is now
safe from each other.

At least I sought so, until a few days ago
When I heard of some mother
By the name of Sarah Lafayette
Who's newborn baby was speaking in the strangest tongue
Backwards.

A miracle?

Some expert had uttered the word:

VOODOO

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